New lights help spark festive cheer in Edzell

Edzell High Street in its new Christmas finery

Edzell High Street in its new Christmas finery

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The village of Edzell has turned on the Christmas spirit and lit up the High Street.

For the last couple of years the Christmas lights in the village of Edzell have been looking a little sparse and in need of attention.

This year the Edzell Village Improvement Society (EVIS) committee, who are responsible for the upkeep of the fittings, decided that some actions must be taken urgently.

They tried to raise funds throughout the year via a charity box in the Spar but after some research into costs realised that more funds were needed.

An EVIS spokesperson said: “The committee contacted all the businesses within the village to see if they could help and with that we were able to raise £2860 in funds for which they were very grateful.”

The EVIS committee used some of the money raised to purchased 12 replacement Christmas fittings so as to add more festive sparkle and colour to the High Street. The rest of the money has been used to repair the other Christmas fittings by removing the rope lighting and replacing it with new LED rope lighting and plugs.

EVIS were very lucky to be able to recruit the help of Colin Grant, “The Happy Electrician” from Lunanhead, who spent many long, cold hours removing the old and fitting the new LED rope lighting and connectors at a very reasonable price with much of his time been given on a voluntary basis.

EVIS also organised a Christmas Extravaganza which was held in the Inglis Memorial Hall on December 2.

Many stallholders attended selling a variety of items from handicrafts, gifts, jewellery, Christmas crafts and much more.

Customers commented on how good a night they had, shopping for Christmas gifts and being entertained by the Edzell Primary School choir.

Lucky winner of the Christmas Hamper was Michelle Simpson, although many customers also did well on the bottle stall too. Some of the local shops extended their opening hours that evening and welcomed visitors with mincemeat pies and mulled wine. Customers also enjoyed special discount in some shops too.